Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are the best-known methods for treating cancer. At TEDMED, Bill Doyle presents a new approach, called Tumor Treating Fields, which uses electric fields to interrupt cancer cell division. Still in its infancy -- and approved for only certain types of cancer -- the treatment comes with one big benefit: quality of life. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2011, TED, Talks, cancer, medical research, technology, 2011
Surgeons are taught from textbooks which conveniently color-code the types of tissues, but that's not what it looks like in real life -- until now. At TEDMED Quyen Nguyen demonstrates how a molecular marker can make tumors light up in neon green, showing surgeons exactly where to cut. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2011, TED, Talks, cancer, medicine, science, technology, 2011
At TEDMED, Sheila Nirenberg shows a bold way to create sight in people with certain kinds of blindness: by hooking into the optic nerve and sending signals from a camera direct to the brain. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2011, TED, Talks, medical research, medicine, science, technology, 2011
Imagine having a surgery with no knives involved. At TEDMED, Yoav Medan shares a technique that uses MRI to find trouble spots and focused ultrasound to treat such issues as brain lesions, uterine fibroids and several kinds of cancerous growths. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2011, TED, Talks, health care, medical research, medicine, science, technology,...
Charles Limb performs cochlear implantation, a surgery that treats hearing loss and can restore the ability to hear speech. But as a musician too, Limb thinks about what the implants lack: They don't let you fully experience music yet. (There's a hair-raising example.) At TEDMED, Limb reviews the state of the art and the way forward. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2011, TED, Talks, beauty, medical research, music, science, technology, 2011
For a full year, A.J. Jacobs followed every piece of health advice he could -- from applying sunscreen by the shot glass to wearing a bicycle helmet while shopping. Onstage at TEDMED, he shares the surprising things he learned. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2011, TED, Talks, culture, entertainment, health, humor, self, 2011
In the 1970s, Diana Nyad set long-distance swim records that are still unbroken. Thirty years later, at 60, she attempted her longest swim yet, from Cuba to Florida. In this funny, powerful talk at TEDMED, she talks about how to prepare mentally to achieve an extreme dream, and asks: What will YOU do with your wild, precious life? Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2011, TED, Talks, culture, extreme sports, sports, success, 2011